Karen Yvonne Rodriguez

January 10, 1958June 30, 2018
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Karen Yvonne Rodriguez, of Upland, CA -- devoted mother, companion, sister and friend -- died of complications while recovering from Leukemia on Saturday morning, June 30th, 2018, aged 60, in Duarte, CA.

Born in January, 1958, in Detroit, MI, to the late Joyce T. McCall and the late Marion G. McCall Jr., Karen graduated from Immaculata H.S. in 1976, and from Michigan State University in 1981, with a B.A. in Communications and Media Studies.

Karen spent most of her adult life working hard to support her family, however, in her latter years, she was able to travel, write poetry, become a dance performer, record songs, and even mastered the art of voice-over acting. She was also a licensed real estate appraiser and a Gerson Certified Home Set-up Trainer.

Karen was a happy, spiritual seeker who enjoyed music, healthful meals and, especially, kizomba dancing. She was an active member of the Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research.

Karen is survived by her daughter, Chavé M. Rodriguez; her loving companion and former husband, Freddy Rodriguez; and her brother, Marion G. McCall III.

Family, friends, and others whose lives Karen touched are invited to a memorial service for her on Saturday, July 28th, at 1:00 pm at Pierce Brothers-Crestlawn Mortuary, 11500 Arlington Ave, Riverside, CA 92505.

Flowers may be sent to that same address. Memorial gifts may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in Memory of “KAREN Y. RODRIGUEZ” at


  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 7, 2018

Karen Yvonne Rodriguez

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Rosalind Johnson-Brow3

August 10, 2018

fondest memories of Karen from high school
Always kept me laughing
Last time we laughed was at our 15 year class reunion. REST IN PARADISE MY FRIEND.

Amber Weil

July 28, 2018

Dear family and loved-ones of Karen,
I’m sending you my heart-felt condoleances, love and a radiant smile in memory of Karen. My heart is filled with joy and love of the amazing time Karen and I shared in Cuba. Karen is truely one of the sweetest, kindest, sincerest persons I’ve ever met. I’m including a photo of our last day together with Arlene Henry, driving around Havana in a Cocotaxi after buying souvenirs at a market for our loved-ones back home.
Wishing you strength and a beautiful memorial today.
Amber Weil
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Limor Nizry

July 22, 2018

From the graet short and intensive period of time in Cuba I notice what a special person is Karen.
we all noticed her ability to rejoice and make others happy in her gentle and pleasant way
she was such a friendly person !

Limor Nizri

(I have a lot of very good photos of her in Facebook: "limit nizry" or by mail:

Sylvia Urena

July 7, 2018

Lamento mucho la pérdida de su ser querido. Se bien que la muerte es algo que sucede dia a dia, pero jamas estamos preparado para ello. Existe una bella esperanza que nos trae cierto nivel de paz. Por tal razon, queria compartir con usted algunas palabras de consuelo que le ayudaran en estos momentos dificiles. Estas palabras se encuentran en la palabra de Jehová Dios, la Biblia: Apocalipsis (Revelacion) 21:3, 4 - “Con eso, oi una voz fuerte desde el trono decir: “¡Mira! La tienda de Dios esta con la humanidad, y el residira con ellos, y ellos seran sus pueblos. Y Dios mismo estara con ellos. Y limpiara toda lagrima de sus ojos, y la muerte no sera mas, ni existira ya mas lamento ni clamor ni dolor. Las cosas anteriores han pasado”. Solo podemos imaginar la alegria de volver abrazar a nuestro ser querido que ha fallecido. Que esta hermosa promesa les de la fortaleza que tanto necesitan.